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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 19-23 October 2020

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Press release - Legislation with binding measures needed to stop EU-driven global deforestation

Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward rules to stop EU-driven global deforestation through mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Sustainable forestry: Parliament's work to fight deforestation

Protecting and sustainably managing forests is critical to fighting the climate crisis. Find out what measures the European Parliament is calling for.


Press release - Member states must stop selling EU passports immediately, MEPs demand

EU citizenship cannot be traded as a commodity, according to a majority of speakers, who want to end the "golden passports" schemes currently in place in some member states.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - The 2020 Sakharov Prize awarded to the democratic opposition in Belarus

The democratic opposition in Belarus has been awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Development
Subcommittee on Human Rights


Press release - COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

MEPs called for the digital gap in Europe to be closed, as the pandemic exacerbated inequalities in the EU, making it difficult for many to access school education.
Committee on Culture and Education


Press release - EU-US visa reciprocity: the Commission must defend the rights of all EU citizens

MEPs call on the European Commission to take the measures foreseen in EU legislation to guarantee full visa reciprocity between the EU and the US.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - EP Today

Thursday, 22 October


Press release - The EU needs to comprehensively review its relations with Belarus

Parliament says negotiations on the EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities must be suspended until new, free and fair presidential elections can be organised.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Article - Deal on EU-UK relations must not compromise EU values

In a debate on 21 October, MEPs stressed the need to reach an agreement on EU-UK future relations that does not compromise EU interests and values.


Press release - MEPs on EU-UK negotiations, COVID-19, climate goals and a decent budget

Parliament discussed the outcome of last week's EU summit with European Council President Michel, Commission Vice-President Šefcovic and EU Brexit chief negotiator Barnier.


Article - AI rules: what the European Parliament wants

Find out how MEPs are shaping EU artificial intelligence legislation in order to boost innovation while ensuring safety and protecting civil liberties.


Press release - EP Today

Wednesday, 21 October


Press release - Hold police accountable for violent incidents, say MEPs

Police violence is unacceptable and should always be investigated, said MEPs in a debate on Tuesday, calling for more transparency and scrutiny in law enforcement.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology.
Committee on Legal Affairs


Press release - Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

Parliament calls for future-proof rules on digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, and for a binding mechanism to tackle illegal content online.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee on Legal Affairs
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - President Sassoli press conference on COVID-19 developments and plenary votes

When: Wednesday 21 October at 15:00 - Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and questions via Skype


Press release - Commission tries to secure Parliament's support to tackle a difficult year ahead

In Tuesday's debate with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic, political group speakers commented on the priorities of the Commission's 2021 work programme.


Press release - 77% of Europeans insist EU funds be linked to respect for Rule of Law

A majority of EU citizens supports a larger EU budget to overcome the pandemic. Public health is the priority, followed by economic recovery and climate change.


Press release - EU job-search aid worth €2 million for 500 former shipbuilding workers in Spain

Former shipbuilding workers from Galicia will receive €2,054,400 in EU aid to help them re-integrate into the labour market, following a plenary vote on Monday.
Committee on Budgets


Press release - EP Today

Tuesday 20 October


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